After nearly 6 decades, iconic Buckhead restaurant closing its doors

ATLANTA — After serving ice cream, Chubby Deckers and footlong chili dogs to Buckhead for decades, an iconic restaurant is closing.

The Zesto at 2469 Piedmont Road will close its doors for the last time on Sunday.

Jimbo Livaditis, who owns Zesto with his wife, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the building had been sold. The family said they do not know what plans the new owner has for the property.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reports that the sale includes the adjacent Splash laundromat and Fiesta Foods grocery store.

Zesto began serving its Buckhead neighbors ice cream in 1952.

The owners later began selling burgers, chili dogs and fries at a walk-up stand at Piedmont Rd. and Lindbergh Dr.

In 1971, Zesto moved to its permanent home on Piedmont Road.


“Your patronage, and our loyal employees and family members have kept Zesto going since my Dad brought Zesto to Atlanta in 1949! We raise a swirl cone to you all,” Jimbo and Leigh Ann Livaditis said in the announcement posted to social media.

“[I] saw it was closing on Sunday and I was like, ‘Oh, I just gotta come here for lunch today!’” Blayne Macauley told Channel 2.

“The nostalgia of it kinda reminds you of Atlanta in the past,” Lee Keene told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden.

Don’t worry, though, three other Zesto locations are staying open in east Atlanta, Forest Park and Tyrone.

Zesto will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Atlanta in 2024.

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